soups and sauces

Soups and Sauces


  • 2 28oz cans of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2 6oz cans of Tomato Paste
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1lb Ground Beef or Lamb
  • 1lb Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 3-6 Cloves Minced Garlic


Step 1
Blend one 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes with one 6 oz can of tomato paste and 3 cloves of garlic at a time. Add to sauce pot, cover, and cook on medium low heat for two hours stirring every 10 – 20 minutes. After the first two hours reduce heat to low. Remove lid two hours before serving to let excess moisture evaporate.
Step 2
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Form golf-ball-sized meatballs out of the mixture and place in a frying pan on medium heat. Brown the meatballs, rotating them frequently. Place meatballs in the marinara and allow at least two hours in the sauce on low heat for the meatballs to finish cooking.

We put our in-house Cluny to work for our Soups and Sauces event this Saturday. All 4 burners and the entire surface of the french plate was in full use, as we showcased the art of the long simmer with a hearty marinara and classic chicken noodle. Our regular burners provided the space for boiling water for pasta and the makings for a thick cream of broccoli.

I’m a comfort food enthusiast who loves to demonstrate how simple a good meal can be. However, during our soups and sauces event, the traditional french plate and the meatball marinara were the main focus.

Lacanche owners at the event were able to trade tips and tricks on how they care for their ranges at home. It was agreed that the unflatering way to make the most out of the simmer plate is to have a good, thick pot to cook on. To create fine art, you need the right tools! And in this case, to create a dish (or in this case, a pot) which gains flavor and the desired texture with time, you must have the patience and care to help the ingredients come together.

You can be sure that an Italian cook will never give away their precise method of sauce creation, but here is the recipe from our workshop, minus the secret ingredient:


One Response to “soups and sauces”

  1. victoria

    Wow, sharing Tony’s secret squirrel meatball recipe. Can’t wait to try it out!